November has been a busy and contemplative month here at St George’s.
All Saints Day
The Feast of All Saints gives us the chance to rejoice with all the men, women and children we have known who have given glory to God and who brought joy into our world. We are comforted by their faith and their prayers; we are challenged by their example. Saintly people remind us that we too are called to holiness.
This year we will celebrate modern day saints and perhaps rethink the meaning of the word ‘saint’. These are people who have shown resilience, determination and courage even through great hardship making them an inspiration to us all.
In Religious Education lessons in KS3 we have been learning about their lives and reflecting on the meaning of ‘saint’ especially now during these unprecedented times.
Student Reflections on November Month of the Holy Souls
Throughout the month students have been writing their own prayer intentions in form time. This has allowed them to remember loved ones, class mates, those who have sadly passed away due to the pandemic as well as those lost in war. These prayers will be displayed in our school.
Eternal rest grant unto their souls and may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen
“On the 11th November, St George’s held a Remembrance Day service to reflect on those who have sacrificed their lives in war in order to make a better future. This year it was a little different. All students gathered in silence in their respective playgrounds and year group bubbles. Even with the whole school outside, you could hear a pin drop as prayers were said over the tannoy and the last call was played. Here is what our students had to say.
“I think that the Remembrance Day service had a lot of meaning. Even during the pandemic, it still worked out perfectly. Although our year groups were all split up, we were still all respectful and quiet. During the two-minute silence we could clearly hear the readings. It made me realise how our soldiers have fought for our country and how hard people worked during the war, even when many of their loved ones were lost”. Ronnet Year 8P
“It was great to see poppies being sold throughout the school to raise money for the British legion” Binyam Year 10A
For the first time in history, we see a saint dressed in jeans, runners and a sweater.
Blessed Carlo Acutis was an Italian Catholic schoolboy and amateur computer programmer. He defended disabled peers at school when bullies mocked them. Outside school, he did voluntary work with the homeless and destitute.
He also liked films, comic editing and playing PlayStation. Although he greatly enjoyed travel. He was best known for documenting Eucharistic miracles around the world and cataloguing them all onto a website that he created in the months before his death from leukaemia.
He was noted for his cheerfulness and his computer skills as well as for his deep devotion to the Eucharist, which became a core theme of his life. He was beatified on 10 October 2020.
In form time, students watched a PowerPoint and video about his life.